The data centre facility

We have signed a contract with Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS for data centre capacity for future national supercomputers and storage systems. The systems will be placed in a vacated mine that has now become a data centre. 

The first Sigma2 system to enter the mining hall is the new national storage system NIRD (National Infrastructure for Research Data). The new storage system is expected to become available for researchers in Norway by the end of 2022. The first supercomputer is expected to be installed at the data centre in 2023. 

The existing national e-infrastructure systems are located at our partner universities and will remain there until they go out of service. 

Take a look at NIRD in LMD

The first NIRD container arrived at Lefdal in February 2022.
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Putting on logos on the large container is not done in a jiffy.

Watch the first NIRD container enter the Lefdal Mine Datacenter.

Curious about what our data centre space will look when it is finished?

Mine turned data centre

LMD uses the old Lefdal mine facilities located between Måløy and Nordfjordeid in Vestland county. This provides very high general and physical security for the computer systems placed there. The mine was previously used for the extraction of olivine.

Lefdal Mine Datacenter. Photo.

The data centre is currently on level 3 but will expand to more levels in the near future. 

Illustration of the LMD.

The old mine system is gigantic and extends over 120,000 square meters into the mountain, spread over many levels.

Boosting local business

High-performance computer systems such as the national supercomputers generate a lot of excess heat as the processors almost always reach100% utilization, day and night. The surplus energy provides considerable heat and requires cooling to avoid overheating. Data centres such as LMD, located close to a fjord, have a low energy cost for cooling because cold water can be taken from the fjord and the return water can be reused.

LMD has signed an agreement with Sjømatstaden, which operates marine food production nearby and will use return water from the data centre in its production.

Example of reuse of return water from HPC systems. Illustration.

In this example, return water from other data centre customers is used to "feed" Sigma2's facilities, which can handle high water temperatures. Thus, return water will have an even higher recycling value.